The new Nexus One smartphone from Google Inc. comes close to warranting the mass hysteria that attended its unveiling last week.
The Nexus One isn’t revolutionary. Nor is it an iPhone killer -- a phrase we should banish to the Tech Writers’ Hall of Cliches. It is, instead, a sleek phone with some advancements in display and processor technology that will surely be matched and then overtaken by others in the months ahead.
True, the rapidly evolving competition among Google, Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd. is fascinating to watch. And Google’s plunge into e-tailing -- the Nexus One can only be bought directly from the company over the Web -- has the potential to shake up how phones are sold.